Maintaining skin moisture is critical to skin health and to looking more youthful. Drinking water helps you maintain overall body and skin health, however, it is not a replacement for using a moisturizer. Everybody, regardless of their skin type, needs to use a moisturizer. It’s a critical step after cleansing to replace lost moisture. It also helps improve skin tone/ texture and create a temporary barrier to protect skin.
With so many options on the market, it’s no surprise many women struggle with finding the right one! We have a few tips to help you navigate the stores and find the right moisturizer for you.
There are tons of moisturizers available on the market costing anywhere from a few dollars to $200+. Don’t feel pressured to buy something out of your price range. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. There are highly effective moisturizers at all price points. They key is finding one that works for your skin.
Time of Year
What time of year are you purchasing a moisturizer? Unless you have extremely oily or dry skin, you may need to change your moisturizer depending on the season. During summer when the weather is hotter and more humid, you may need a lighter lotion or cream formula. However, in the winter, like now, you might need to add a heavier cream into your regimen to counter the effects of winter weather on your skin.
Know Your Skin – it’s important to know what your skin type is so you know what to look for!
Your skin is oily when you have consistent shine all over your face, that returns shortly after you wash your face and throughout the day. People with oily skin have most likely never experienced the feeling of tight skin. Many people with oily skin are afraid of moisturizers since they’re prone to breakouts. Do NOT skip the moisturizing step! You need moisturizer to keep skin in balance. Look for water-based products that are noncomedogenic or not likely to clog pores. Try a lightweight oil-free moisturizer or a serum to give your face the moisture it needs, without the extra shine.
You have dry skin if you skin feels tight and dry even before you wash your face. You may also have patchy areas that are extremely dry, itchy and flaky. Moisturizing is essential for dry skin. If your skin is cracked, try oil-based moisturizers that contain propylene glycol or urea, which help keep skin moist. For excessive dryness, look for heavier, creamy moisturizers. If you’re just starting a routine, you may have to reapply moisturizer a few times daily to keep skin moist.
Technically speaking, normal skin is not the norm! Normal skin doesn’t feel tight or greasy, breakouts are less common, and usually maintenance is basic. If you have normal skin, a water-based moisturizer that has a light, non-greasy feel is best.
Most people with combination skin have oilier T-zones (forehead, bridge of nose and chin) and drier cheeks. Choose an oil-based or cream moisturizer and apply it liberally when the skin is dry. When skin is normal, a water-based moisturizer that has a light, non-greasy feel is best. Another option is to use two different moisturizers, a lighter one for the oilier T-zone area and a richer one for the drier areas.
People with sensitive skin can also have dry, combination or oily skin. Sensitive skin reacts to products with redness or flare-ups of skin issues like eczema or rosacea. Opt for basic moisturizers designed for sensitive skin types. Typically, these don’t have fragrances or dyes, which can irritate skin. Also avoid moisturizers with added chemicals or preservatives.
We’ve said it before and will continue to remind you that it is important to protect skin with SPF every day. Since you will be using a moisturizer every morning, using one with SPF is an easy way to protect your skin from UV rays without adding another step to your routine.
Adding a moisturizer to your daily skin care regimen is critical for all skin types. Which one you use should be chosen based on your skin type and specific skin care concerns.
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